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Military Reconnaissance By Alexander Stilwell

Military Reconnaissance by Alexander Stilwell

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A look at how the art of military scouting and reconnaissance has evolved from the earliest recorded military history to its use in modern warfare.

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Military Reconnaissance: The Eyes and Ears of the Army by Alexander Stilwell

Since the earliest recorded military history, scouting and reconnaissance have been key tools employed by military commanders to obtain a picture of the tactical situation and make informed decisions. Scouts known as sciritae were deployed by the Spartans and had a privileged position in their order of battle. The Spartans were so aware of the advantage their scouting operations gave them that they went to great lengths to keep them secret. As military tactics, weapons and equipment developed over the centuries, methods of scouting and reconnaissance evolved and adapted but always remained true to the spirit of the scout - light on their feet, taking only what they need and returning with the information that could turn potential defeat into victory. Military Reconnaissance provides a concise but revealing picture of the art of military scouting and reconnaissance from the highly toned Spartan warriors, the scouts employed by Julius Caesar, through the middle ages to the Napoleonic Wars to the role of the scout in modern warfare.

About Alexander Stilwell

Alexander Stilwell is an experienced writer and editor who has worked for several leading publishers, primarily in the fields of military history, politics and international affairs. He has also worked for Jane's Information Group and is the author of several books. He served for six years in the British Territorial Army.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Timeline; Ancient Warfare; Medieval Warfare; Napoleonic Wars; The American Wars; The Anglo-Afghan Wars; The Matabele and Boer Wars; First World War; Second World War; The Modern Age

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Military Reconnaissance: The Eyes and Ears of the Army by Alexander Stilwell
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